Balance With Direction: Career Progression Through Mentoring
The workplace is changing. Employees are no longer confined to primary roles without opportunities for growth. Today’s employees are encouraged to augment their skills with cross training and to delve into other areas and responsibilities. Organizations are getting creative with job titles and responsibilities as they look to create a workforce that is versatile and capable of performing multiple tasks and wearing different hats.
In the midst of all of this, employees are spending less and less time with a single organization. They’re making the decision to leave for greener pastures, either because they’re not being valued for their potential or because they haven’t figured out how to take advantage of the resources available to them. We need to take a moment and think about how we can create an work environment that is both supportive and challenging, and that will serve to keep employees satisfied and engaged throughout the course of their careers.
One of the best ways to bring balance in the workplace is through mentoring. The importance of mentoring has become apparent in all areas of an organization. The presence of a true mentor will ensure that your employees receive support, encouragement, and guidance. A mentorship serves as a safety net around them, encouraging them to take risks and realize their potential without fear of alienation. Employees grow to trust and confide in their mentors in ways that are not possible with managers or supervisors. This provides a great opportunity to voice grievances and concerns, factors that could ultimately lead to an employee’s decision to leave a company.
A good mentor can transform an employee’s mindset from one of unsatisfied detachment to energetic optimism. At the same time that it creates the environment employees are looking for and motivates them to stay, a successful mentoring program directly contributes to reduced organizational costs through lower attrition rates and hiring costs. Employees are more likely to stick around and use the resources available to them to work harder and scale up the organizational ladder.
To sum it up, a mentor’s presence can do the following:
- Help an employee in areas of personal and professional growth
- Be a source for ideas, inspiration and experience
- Cater to an employee’s needs in terms of knowledge transfer and career advice
- Offer support and empathize in times of confusion
- Help mentees expand their professional network by connecting them with other industry professionals
- Encourage them to take up new projects apart from their delegated project
- Give employees tips on how to become an effective team player/leader
- Lend constructive feedback to improve mentees’ work
All these factors combined together will create a work environment that fosters learning and career progression. Mentors are not just advisors; they are role models with the power to boost morale, infuse confidence, and bolster engagement in their mentees. Motivated employees are much more likely see the value in the resources available to them, to learn new skills and take on new roles, and to take pride in their position within the company.
If this post resonated with you, check with your organization to see whether you are part of the MentorCloud network. If not, sign up for a demo here! Our vision is to create a mentoring planet in which true equality is achieved and hard work is rewarded, but it’s only possible with your participation.